Oct 25th – Dec 7th 2013
Document is pleased to present Studio Nudes, a solo exhibition of new work by New York City based artist Nick Johnson.
Studio Nudes is a selection of four large-scale color photographs that reinterpret contemporary figure portraiture. Johnson photographs individual male and female models in traditional poses, lying on beds, sitting in chairs, or holding standing poses within the frame. Johnson photographs his subjects in the studio with deadpan accuracy, paying just as much attention to the room as to the the figure itself.
Johnson’s process begins by selecting a studio and props for the model to occupy. Striving to maintain a timeless quality, the model is chosen for their ability to remove contemporary context. The model and lighting are added to the scene where slowly a pose is arrived at. The model must hold this pose for roughly 20-30 minutes while the frame is perfected, the lighting fine-tuned and the focus set. This process of slowing down the act of looking and deconstruction of the frame is what originally brought him to drawing and painting as a teenager, and is apparent in his photographs which in turn reference classical portraiture.
Nick Johnson was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in New York City. He studied photography under Stephen Shore at Bard College before receiving a BFA in film from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. For the past twenty years he has developed a commercial photography business specializing in Architecture and Interiors. His work appears regularly in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Luxe Magazines. Simultaneously he has focused on a studio practice concentrating on portraiture. Johnson’s studio images were featured in the American Photograph 2008 and 2011. This will be his first solo show in over 10 years.
Sept 6th – Oct 19th 2013
DOCUMENT is pleased to present A Variety Show, a solo exhibition of new work by Chicago based artist Scott Fortino.
A Variety Show is a selection of eight new color photographs that have emerged out of the artists’ recent shift towards a studio practice. Fortino’s previous work primarily consisted of traditional documentary images which stem from his interest in the military, training academies, and eventually camouflage fabrics worn by soldiers. Fortino’s interests recently have led him to adjust focus to the subject’s materiality. Bringing these materials into his studio he constructs screens and blinds that explore the idea of synthetic concealment. With this new interest in fabricating these environments he started including glass, colored paper and metallic surfaces in his new abstract works.
Fortino has developed his approach to photography out of his experiences directly related to his position as a Chicago police officer. This work led to the publication of his monograph, Institutional, which depicts institutional architectural spaces while revealing the embedded evidence of personal use. Now retired, he uses his studio as a site for his own investigations into the meaning of light and materials.
Scott Fortino (b. 1952, Chicago, IL) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BA from Columbia College Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His solo exhibitions include, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. His work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, and numerous public and private collections.
Jun 7th – Jul 20th 2013
DOCUMENT is pleased to present Regular Colors, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Owen Kydd.
In Regular Colors, three distinct works – what Kydd refers to as ‘durational photographs’ exist seamlessly on vertically mounted monitors. With photography and video now able to exist interchangeably by the flip of a switch on a camera, Kydd creates a hybrid investigation that composes both mediums simultaneously. By inhabiting the space between a photograph’s instantaneous moment and video’s time span, Kydd challenges the canons and expectations attributed to still and moving imagery.
Wandering not unlike a street photographer looking for the ‘decisive moment,’ Kydd collects his imagery around L.A., seeking tableaus that evoke a near stillness. A series of works in thirty- to forty-second durations, Blue Studies extends the life of a photograph beyond its canonical ‘decisive moment.’ Retail Composition, a looped video piece, compiles objects as a digital collage, allowing each element to exist with its own time signature. Windows and Walls, another series of works in short durations, force a distinction between the flatness of the screen and the illusion of representational time. Interrupted only by slight movements from light, wind, and exposure, these continuous compositions seem almost endless.
Owen Kydd (b. 1975, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds a
Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a
Masters degree from UCLA. His works have been exhibited in solo
exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
in New York, and in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery
in Vancouver, the Surrey Art Gallery, and the Daegu Biennial in South
As an exploration into the roots of the still image, his practice
consists of making durational photographs with video, using images
that are filmed from static camera angles and contain subtle evidence
of movement. His current body of work looks at retail environments
near his studio in Los Angeles.
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